Temperatures were in the 50’s and clear skies when play began today at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The first round was completed by golfers who faced Wednesday’s rain delay and the second round was completed by all the golfers on Thursday. In the end, a mere two strokes stood between DU sophomore Anna Zanusso and making the cut.
Zanusso started her round today with bogeys on holes #4 and #8 which put her two-over par on the front nine holes as she slipped below the cut line of 30 players. Zanusso picked up another bogey on #13 and a double bogey on #15 to end the second round. She concluded the day with a round of 77, five strokes over par on the day. Zanusso registered eight strokes over par for her first two rounds of the tournament. She finished 37th, tied with three other golfers with a combined score of 152 for the first two days of the tournament.
Just how close was Zanusso to making the cut? If she would have had par instead of a double-bogey on the 16th hole today, she would have made the cut at +6 over par with a 150 instead of her finishing total of 152. Ultimately, there was a laser thin margin between golfers making or missing the 30 players cut.
It was always going to be a challenge for a sophomore collegiate golfer to crack the top 30 amateur players in the world. Clearly, this was a great reward for Zanusso and should benefit her in years to come. Zanusso will have the opportunity to play the historic Augusta National Golf Course in a practice round with all participants scheduled for Friday.
The two leaders tied at 143 strokes include Ingrid Lindblad, a collegiate player from LSU and Rose Zhang a 17 years old 2020 US Women’s Amateur champion headed to Stanford.
NBC will be televising the Championship final round on Saturday. You can track the tournament results live HERE.